The League is very pleased with the Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today’s decision in Florida v. HHS was surprising but deeply important because it protects the health of millions of Americans. Read our full statement.
What happened today and why is it so important? The Court recognized health care reform for what it is: a legislative response to complex issues threatening the health and well-being of Americans that was best resolved by the elected branch of government – the Congress. Now that the ACA has been upheld, our nation is that much closer to achieving the law's goal: to provide universal health care for all Americans.
Going forward from today, children will no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans as dependents until age 26, Medicare participants will have annual check-ups and mammograms, and many uninsured Americans will now have health care coverage.
We are well aware that there are still threats to these critical reforms and that is why the League will continue its work fighting for progress on many fronts. Throughout the country, we will continue to educate communities and Americans on the ACA and its pivotal impact on their lives.
We expressed great hope when the ACA passed Congress in 2010 after decades of struggle. Today, we look to a brighter future, a tomorrow that includes health care coverage for all Americans.